Arne Jacobsen (1902-1971) was a Danish architect and designer. He is perhaps best known for his contribution to the architectural functionalism and for his simple but effective chair designs.
He was born on 11 February 1902 in Copenhagen. He originally wanted to become a painter, but his father encouraged him to study architecture. After a short time as an apprentice to a bricklayer, Jacobsen was accepted at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. From 1924 to 1927 he studied under the famous architects Kay Fisker and Kaj Gottlob.
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Arne Jacobsen is certainly known for his sense of proportion. In fact, he saw this as one of the most important features of his work. Jacobsen had a keen interest in botany and his love for nature is reflected in the organic forms of his design. In addition, many of his works' names are derived from nature. His most famous works are the "egg" and the "Swan" chair, which he designed in 1957 for the SAS Royal Hotel.
When Arne Jacobsen died in 1971, many of his projects were still ongoing, including the design for the building of the Danish National Bank, which was not completed until after his death.